MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - What a wild night we had. An intense line of thunderstorms marched across the viewing area overnight, prompting Warnings and dealing damage in a few cases. The National Weather Service has a pair of teams assessing damage as we speak. They have already confirmed 2 tornadoes...an EF-0 that impacted Pike Road Village Park and what is likely another EF-0 in western Lee County along HWY 29 south of I-85. Fortunately, no severe weather will affect the region from now through at least the weekend.
Worth addressing here, the volume of tornado-warned storms overnight surprised me. Big time. While we anticipated a very low-end risk for damaging winds and hail, Mother Nature offered more. Oddly enough, over the last few severe weather events, this one appeared to have the weakest set of ingredients. And it arguably ended up as being the most impactful one. While we love a streak of severe weather episodes where we overprepare and storms underdeliver, this one is a good reminder of why we take each and every one of these seriously. I can't tell you how lucky we are to be sitting here with ZERO reports of injuries. Thankful for that.
TODAY: Skies have completely cleared out with fog no longer an issue. We're back to a stretch of sunny days, but temperatures will remain unseasonably cool for a bit. Highs today will be warm, however. Expect middle 70s across the region.
INTO THE WEEKEND: A series of dry cold front will reinforce the cooler air through the weekend. If this were January, we'd be shivering. But it's April. And that means our "cooldown" will only drop highs into the upper 60s with lows into the upper 30s.
We may have to watch for frosty issues across our far northern counties Sunday morning, but I think we all avoid a freeze. The weather is otherwise beautiful with ample sunshine. Second Saturday looks gorgeous and Auburn's A-Day will be splendid.
Our next shot at rain/storms enters early next week.